NBA Odds Slightly Against Celtics In Pivotal Game 4
After a thrilling finish to Game 4, the NBA betting odds are expecting an identical result for Game 4 with the Milwaukee Bucks slightly favored. The Boston Celtics must win Game 4 to avoid going down a 3-1 hole. Whatever the case, expect Monday’s game to be another defensive showdown.
Boston Celtics Fight Harder To Avoid Going Down 3-1
The Boston Celtics were this close to reclaiming homecourt advantage. Alas, Al Horford’s tip-in that would have forced OT was a split-second too late as the Celtics went down 2-1 in the series. The Celtics kept fighting through most of the game, particularly in the fourth where they outscored Milwaukee 34-23 while outrebounding them.
Horford had a brilliant outing for Boston as he scored or assisted on half of the team’s points. He and Jaylen Brown carried the team despite the struggles of star player Jayson Tatum. But Boston can take solace in knowing they had the Bucks on the ropes despite a 42-point performance from Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Tatum is due to bounce back as he will not be shooting 21.1% from the field again. The Celtics are 32-9 when Tatum shoots his season average of 45.3% and this includes being 3-0 in the NBA Playoffs. If Boston can maintain the momentum they had starting in the fourth, they should be a solid underdog to bet online.
Milwaukee Bucks Got Away With One
Players on the online gambling lines were sweating bullets in the final minutes of the fourth quarter. The Milwaukee Bucks did pull it off thanks to some clutch baskets from Jrue Holiday and Antetokounmpo. Game 3 appeared similar to Game 1 where Milwaukee had Boston neutralized: the Celtics shot 32.3 percent from the field and just 20 percent from three. But Boston rallied in the fourth while Milwaukee struggled.
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For the most part, Milwaukee has been able to assert their physical dominance over the Celtics. But the Bucks will need to clamp Horford as the five-time All-Star was not only keeping Boston’s offense alive but also disrupting Milwaukee’s offense.
Milwaukee will need to be ready for another offensive explosion from the Celtics. Fatigue may also build up as the Bucks’ grueling style may wear down on the NBA champions. But as Rudy Tomjanovich said, “never underestimate the heart of a champion.”
Celtics vs Bucks Head-to-Head
The Boston Celtics may have lost the game but they covered the spread. This is the ninth time in the last ten meetings between Boston and the Milwaukee Bucks. The total also went under for the third straight time in this series. The Bucks are now slightly favored to win the series per the NBA Series Prices.
Celtics vs Bucks Game Information
- Game: Bucks (57-32) vs Celtics (56-34)
- Location: Fiserv Forum
- Day/Time: Monday, May 8, 7:30 p.m. ET
- Bucks vs Celtics Live Stream: NBA Game Pass
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Celtics vs Bucks Prediction
Bank on Tatum to have a strong performance for Game 4 as he leads the Boston Celtics to even the series against the Milwaukee Bucks. Boston has found a balance on offense that has seen them find ways around Milwaukee’s strong interior defense.
The Celtics will shoot a better percentage and will maintain their equally tough ‘D’ on the Bucks. Antetokounmpo will still post a monster stat line but he can only do so much. Consider this series all tied up.